Saturday 27 November 2021

PODCAST #76 Ophelia Jocelyn (Burial Etiquette, Opheliac)

Ophelia plays in Burial Etiquette, which is how we came into contact. I was sent two songs for the upcoming 6-Way split 12" on Zegema Beach and was flabbergasted at the band's development and absolutely stellar set of jams. After which Ophelia showed me her solo project Opheliac, which is fucking amazing. Speaking of, To Be Gentle and Opheliac released a shoegaze collaboration song but a few mere hours ago and it, as expected, incredible (and linked here!!!). I spoke with Ophelia a week or two before this song dropped and had a helluva good time. Topics included: special effects makeup, where the hell is Thunder Bay?, New Friends Fest, playing with Karloff, dads like Pearl Jam, empathy for people who don't like screamo, the good MuchMusic shows, videogame music, Ping Pals...the game!!!, dad joke count, feeling the warmth of static, Life Aquatic, Anthony Green, living in South Korea, the upcoming Burial Etiquette 12"LP, supporting fellow female artists, showing your 80s colors followed by regrets, guest appearances from my kids, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Black Marble, Darkle, Guiltmaker, Makthaverskan, Nhomme, Quest Master, and The Advantage. Listen to podcast #76 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



QUEST MASTER "The Five Holy Runes of White Magic" (Ophelia)
THE ADVANTAGE "Solar Jetman: Truckstop" (Dave)
BLACK MARBLE "Balancing" (Ophelia)

GUILTMAKER "Crystal Seas" (Dave)
MAKTHAVERSKAN "Comfort" (Ophelia)

NHOMME "Two" (Dave)
DARKLE "Chillantro" (Ophelia)



PODCAST #76 linked here

Monday 22 November 2021

PODCAST #75 Tom McCone (Raining, Solopsisasleep, SaltMarsh)

My good friend Tom got...well stuck in Canada for two years. We recorded this at the tail-end of his "stay". You may know him from playing in Raining (whom the project I'm in Apostles Of Eris, did a split with), Solopsis, Asleep (aka Solopsisasleep), and SaltMarsh. We talk about lots of stuff but play more bands than usual. Topics include (but are not limited to): getting stranded in Canada during Covid, Raining updates, Best of October!?!?!, Tom's top 3 albums, using vocals to their full potential, Raining's doomed recording day, how do you make ambient/drone music?, Inception meets Nine Inch Nails, geographical rivalries, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Basement, Celer, Campbell Trio, DusterFormants (exclusive premiere!!!), GrouperQatsi, and Superstitions Of The Sky. Listen to podcast #75 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

CAMPBELL TRIO "Brief Glimpse of Beauty" (Dave)
GROUPER "Heavy Water I'd Rather Be Sleeping" (Tom)

CELER "Capri" (Tom)
FORMANTS "The Apparatus" (Dave)
DUSTER "The Buildup Suite" (Tom)

QATSI "Кома" (Dave)
BASEMENT "Yolk (Nervous Energy session)" (Tom)
SUPERSTITIONS OF THE SKY "summary and solution" (Dave)



PODCAST #75 linked here

Saturday 20 November 2021


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metallic Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Atmospheric Black Metal / Black Metal
Related artists?.
CountrySaint Petersburg RUSSIA
Years Active2021-present
For fans ofCassus, Pale Hands, Rene Maheu, June Paik, Joliette, Jeanne, Nhomme, Pale, A Paramount A Love Supreme, and Minaret.
Label(s): Self Released

This Russian band released their debut, four-song EP earlier this year and it kicks so much fucking ass. Combining the raw fury of Minaret with the technical prowess of Cassus, these four individuals quietly dropped one of the best EPs of 2021.

I mean, shit, opener "Кома" might be one of the best songs of the year, too. Melodic and crushing with an introductory vocal misdirection, the midsection drumming swiftly carries the song into it's slight breather before the epic climax at 2:23. "Сирень" has a strong Cassus vibe with a hellish close, "Снег" reminds me of Joliette mixed June Paik (cripes what a combo!) as it hits the band's soft/hard extremes, and by the time the closer "Смерть" hits it has become obvious that the vocalist has some pretty serious control over those awesome screams and crooning sings.

I don't know what they're doing next but consider me drowning in a pool of my own saliva.



2021 - Засыпай digital EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2021) QATSI - "Кома" (from 'Засыпай')
(2021) QATSI - "Снег" (from 'Засыпай')


QATSI additional links


Friday 12 November 2021

PODCAST #74 Dustin Coffman (Glassing)

I was shown GLASSING back in like...2016 when they first got together. I was interested but didn't know what to expect. After they releasing 'Spotted Horse' a few years back I became obsessed with the band. The mixture of atmospheric, screamy, post-hardcore/metal not too far removed from These Arms Are Snakes with heavier vocals, and their newest endeavor 'Twin Dream' is beyond spectacular. We spoke at length about many-a-thing, including: Brutal Panda Records and their introduction, his musical awakening, parental cover bands, Limp Bizkit, finding The Mars Volta, shotgunning beers with Portugal The Man, human extinction, Dunning Kruger effect, 'Twin Dream' writing process, self-checks, Kidcrash and amps, the origin of "Godless Night", etc. Bands played in this podcast: Armywives (exclusive premiere!!!), Nicole Dollenganger, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Mates Of State, Softcult and Speak Memory. Listen to podcast #74 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

NICOLE DOLLENGANGER "You're So Cool" (Dustin)

SOFTCULT "Gloomy Girl" (Dustin)
MATES OF STATE "Proofs" (Dave)

SPEAK MEMORY "Cabin" (Dustin)
ARMYWIVES "Pulling Weeds" (Dave)



PODCAST #74 linked here

Friday 5 November 2021

***CHIME HOURS exclusive premiere***

exclusive song premiere

For fans of
Dim, Massa Nera and La Quiete

My friend Elliot who plays in Komarov is involved in a new band named CHIME HOURS. He reached out to me a few months ago in hoping of releasing their debut EP and after a few jams I was hella down. He described it as Italian-inspired screamo (Raein, La Quiete) so my ear immediately piqued, as should yours! The four-track cassette 'Black Dog In The Sky' will be released on Tomb Tree Tapes in North American and Witch Elm Records in Europe this Wednesday November 10th.

(2021) CHIME HOURS "Clarity" (from 'Black Dog In The Sky')

I love when I song starts and I immediately have a hard time relating it to other bands. That's CHIME HORUS. It's an awesome mixture of melodic cleans/chunky heavies on the guitars, yelled/screamed vocals, tempo changes, rolling drums, and just a general sense of well-done screamo. I think the closest band comparisons I get are Shizune meets Massa Nera aka killer combo.


Live Music Video for "Lemniscate"

Thursday 4 November 2021

PODCAST #73 Chris Dearing (The Sound That Ends Creation)

Who is the new face covering and promoting mathcore/intense-ass music? Why, it's Chris Dearing, of course. After a few solo projects and a band, Chris started The Sound That Ends Creation in 2016 and hasn't looked back. In fact, said band has their new record releasing tomorrow and I've got an exclusive premiere for you at the beginning of this podcast! With all of this stuff going on, he somehow found time to start a podcast titled The Cast That Ends Creation in 2020 and has already completed over 100 episodes that have included guests like Cara Neir, Frontierer, Youth Novel, Pupil Slicer, Lower Automation, Past Forms, etc. So I spoke at length to Chris about how all of his endeavors came about, including: The Sound That Ends Creation song premiere/history/progression/new album/tour, Chris and hot dogs, from Elvis to hardcore, why solo?, being a preacher, writing a song as a solo project, organic programming, guest appearances, screamo noodles vs. twinkle, how to play a show by yourself, first show reception, song title origins, The Cast That Ends Creation podcast inspiration/favourite guests/bands he'd love to interview, favourite releases of 2021, etc. Bands played in this podcast: As The Sun Sets, Circle Of Dead Children, Enkephalin, LeftyFish, Loftus and Off Minor. Listen to podcast #73 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN "Destiny of the Slug" (Chris)
LOFTUS "Next Step, New Boundary" (Dave)

LEFTYFISH "Meat Vs. Ginger" (Chris)
OFF MINOR "The Heat Death of the Universe" (Dave)

AS THE SUN SETS "Hay Is For Horses" (Chris)
ENKEPHALIN "Calling to Confirm" (Dave)



PODCAST #73 linked here